The ABYB is a biennial reference publication focusing on international activity in the field of book arts. It serves as a resource for artists, academics, students, collectors, librarians, dealers, publishers and researchers, in fact anyone interested in artists’ books!
The 2020-2021 issue will have essays, articles, and lots of useful information on: Artist’s Book Publishers & Presses; Bookshops for artists’ books; Artist’s Book Dealers; Artist’s Book Galleries & Centres; Collections, Libraries & Archives; Artist’s Book Fairs and Events; Book Arts Courses and Workshops; Design, Print & Bind; Print Studios; Journals and Magazines; New Reference Publications; Organisations, People, Projects and Societies. Artists list up to 3 of their recent book works.
Compiling and editing takes place over this summer. Image detail from an artist’s page by Ekaterina Vasilyeva. Publication date: Autumn 2019.
You can pre-order a copy at a reduced rate here
Our Summer Book Arts Institute runs each year from July-August. In August, we have Miniature Books with Jeff Rathermel, and Collage College with Jeremy Dixon.
All classes are held at Bower Ashton Studios, City Campus, UWE Bristol, UK. Come along to learn new skills and make new friends with books and printmaking.
Please download our 2019 Summer Institute Brochure here.
The Spring – Summer issue of The Blue Notebook journal for artists’ books, Vol 13 No 2, includes the following essays and articles: Documenting Life Stories through Artists’ Books by Ana Paula Estrada; The book as performance by Amir Brito Cador: The British Library – Artists’ Books Now – Vol 1 – Here and Now, review by Cat Miller; The Sketchbook and the Collider by Ian Andrews; Mark To Impress: Utilising New Tools by Maria G Pisano – Memory Press.
Artists’ pages by Lee Shearman, Noriko Suzuki-Bosco, Iro Tsavala and typochondriacs (Gen Harrison). Cover design by Tom Sowden.
The next issue, Vol 14 No. 1, will be out in Autumn 2019, with a cover badge and sticker design by Chrystal Cherniwchan, as featured here.
Subscription info for all issues can be found here.
Sarah’s artist’s book, Read to Me is the result of a collaboration with a psychometric reader, telling stories to objects which were then ‘read’ back. The book and a selection of the objects read to (and from) are now touring in an exhibition that is visiting venues in the UK and USA. ‘The Story of Read to Me’ exhibition with related artists’ books that influenced the idea for making the edition is on display at Bower Ashton Library, until Sat 31st August. The ‘Read to Me’ exhibition with the objects is currently on show at the John M. Flaxman Library, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, USA, until 27th September 2019. You can read more about the project here
This exhibition is on tour as part of the ongoing al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here Coalition projects. The online Inventory gallery was launched to coincide with the fifth anniversary of the bombing of al-Mutanabbi Street on 5th March 2012, for which project partners around the world held commemorative readings and events. Since then the Inventory has grown as artists’ books created for the project have arrived. The gallery pages show images and information for each of the 260 books completed for the project.
Exhibitions held since the launch of the tour include:
The Westminster Reference Library, Westminster, UK; The Powell Library Rotunda, UCLA, Los Angeles, California, USA; Salt & Cedar Letterpress Studio, Detroit, Michigan, USA; The Cambridge Arts Council, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA; The Santa Fe University of Art and Design, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA; The John Rylands Library, Manchester, UK; The San Francisco Center for the Book, San Francisco, California, USA; Gallery Route One, Point Reyes, California USA; the Center for Book Arts, New York in association with Alwan for the Arts, Columbia University Libraries Butler Library, International Print Center New, Poets House, New York, USA; Literary & Philosophical Society Library, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK; Collins Memorial Library, University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, Washington, USA; Curry College, Milton, Massachusetts, USA; American University in Cairo, Egypt; Arab – British Centre, London, UK; The Mosaic Rooms, London, UK; Kate Chappell ’83 Center for Book Arts at the University Of Southern Maine, USA; The Hague Public Library, The Netherlands; Queen Elizabeth II Library, Memorial University, St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada; Jaffe Center for Books Arts, Florida Atlantic University, USA; Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County, Rochester, New York, USA; Goddard College, Vermont, USA; Arab American National Museum, Dearborn/Detroit, Michigan, USA; Idaho Center for the Book in partnership with The Arts and Humanities Institute at Boise State University, USA; George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, USA; Herron School of Art and Design, The Herron Art Library of IUPUI University library, USA; Keats House and the Iraqi Cultural Centre, London; the Arab American National Museum, Dearborn, USA; Idaho Center for the Book in partnership with The Arts and Humanities Institute at Boise State University; Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here DC 2016 a partnership between George Mason University’s School of Art and George Mason University Libraries, Split This Rock, Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, McLean Project for the Arts, Corcoran School of the Arts and Design at The George Washington University, Busboys and Poets, Georgetown University, Cultural DC, Smithsonian Libraries, Brentwood Arts Exchange, Smithsonian American Art Museum, National Portrait Gallery, Northern Virginia Community College, George Mason University Student Media and Fourth Estate Newspaper, Rosenberg Library at the City College of San Francisco, USA.
The image shown here is a detail from Al-Mutanabbi, Once Again, August 2012
by Wuon-Gean Ho.